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Learn to Swim
It is important for all children to learn to be safe in, on and around the water. Swim lessons can begin a lifelong love of the water. Learning to swim is an important step for a child. Be sure that your child is ready, by speaking with both your pediatrician and swim school professional about the appropriate age to start lessons. A good swimming program will teach children love for the water, in the context of important safety rules. It’s also important to emphasize that parents should supervise a child who has learned to swim closely, even though they may appear independent in the water. Look for a facility that is clean, well-staffed, and emphasizes other layers of protection (such as supervision) as part of a complete water safety plan. No swimming instructor should ever make parents feels that their children are “drown-proof."
This list is intended to provide a broad range of options for swimming lessons. Most cities have swimming lessons available through local Parks and Recreation programs, as do many local gyms with pools. This list is provided as a courtesy only. The DPCA does not recommend or endorse any of the organizations listed below, and considers swim lessons one of many factors in a comprehensive water safety plan.